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Watch: Nikita Kucherov’s natural hat trick in second period

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He now has 26 goals on the season.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning broke out for a huge second period in Monday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Nikita Kucherov scored a hat trick as the Bolts went up 4-1 at the end of the period.

The Lightning gave up the game’s first goal in the first, but then scored four unanswered goals in the second. Brayden Point, who’s having a strong game thus far, tied it up, and then it was the Nikita Kucherov Show. All three goals — Kucherov’s 24th, 25th and 26th of the season — came on the power play, and all three goals were assisted by Jonathan Drouin and a combination of Point, Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson.

This is Kucherov’s second hat trick of his career. His first came Oct. 28, 2014 against Arizona.

Watch Kucherov’s goals against the Senators below. All are one-timers from a similar spot that slipped past Sens goalie Mike Condon.

Get the full game recap.